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Mine Till Midnight (Hathaways) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2007
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Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including A Wallflower Christmas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, and Love in the Afternoon. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College and published her first novel at the age of 21. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America competition. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.
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When she searches for him at a particular gambling house, she meets Cam, the wealthy half Gypsy/half Irish manager of the club. He helps her locate her brother at a brothel and before they part ways, he gives her a little somethin' to remember him by, thinking they will never cross paths again.
Amelia is about as grounded and realistic as they come. Cam is about as mystic and superstitious as you would expect from a man with Celtic and Gypsy roots. They cross paths again and these opposites attract.
This was a fabulous story. Cam and Amelia are a wonderful couple, though both try to fight the immediate attraction in the beginning, the chemistry is palpable. The side characters of Amelia's family are intriguing, to say the least. They are a hilariously quirky and easily loveable. I was half in love with Merripen, the somewhat adopted member of their family, by about the fifth page. I am dying to read his story.
The book is filled with plenty of humor, sex, some sorrow and a little mystery, too. Lisa Kleypas has created a fabulously fun family in the Hathaway's and this was a perfect introduction to them. I am more than anxious to read more in this series.
I mean she even says to her brother that she had no intention of marrying Cam but since he has forbidden it now she will think about it(well how typical!) She even compares Cam to Christopher he ex and finds Cam the lesser of the two! The two did not suit at all and I had such high hopes for Cam, I really liked him in the other book. Even though this is Cam's book we find out very little about him at all except that he has a pooka tatoo on his forearm I mean we should find out all about him this is his book after all! I have read that this book was the first in a new series,well I went to her website and I saw nothing that indicated that is was,if this is the case I will not buy any more I am afraid.
I really wonder what is happening to my favorite authors lately! I just wonder if her contemperarys are running over into her historicals because Amelia sounded very modern to me. Which is why I do not like contemperary romances that much although there have been a few that were good. The only reason I gave this two stars was because of Merripen and Win which I think should have been the main romance going on.
The first half was wonderful and I just could not wait until Kleypas would start giving Cam and Amelia more characterization and depth to their relationship after the first time they make love--but it never happened!!! The story just fell apart after that and Amelia and Cam became side characters due to the constant bombardment of Amelia's family's dramas, especially in the case of Amelia's brother's grief over the death of a sweetheart and the paranormal twist that popped up from nowhere.
You were just left with a complete sense of bewilderment and I just kept asking myself, when am I going to start reading about Cam's and Amelia's feelings for each other already??????? When is the conflict between them going to happen? and how will they handle the resolution??
Instead they were pushed aside from the main story, and were given a bunch of sex scenes to keep us happy and the sole focus became everyone else: Amelia's brother, her sick sister, the ghost, the gypsy that lives with them, the possibility that the gypsy might be related to Cam and on and on it went.
Cam and Amelia had absolutely no conflict whatsoever, no drama at all. The only problem Kleypas gave the couple was Amelia's constant rejection of taking the idea of marrying Cam seriously, which I never understood after she made love to him so many times and Cam repeatedly telling her he could take care of her family, which she desperately needed. The idea that she did not want to depend on anyone and held on to her independence was ludicrous after she compromised herself so many times with Cam and how her family's situation bordered on the desperate. But even that supposed 'conflict' was tepid at best since Cam just brushed it off and smiled and just would make love to her and Amelia would succumb to her desires or run after the myriad of distracting problems her family concocted at that moment.
I just cannot get over how the second half read and ended. I had to make sure I was still reading the same novel that I loved in the first half. I was really just left confounded at what the hell happened???
It had such a great first half, it was such a shame that it went nowhere after that and just fell apart. I really hope the next instalments go back to what we expect Lisa to give us: great romances!